Amos Barlett, J-Gordon rider and New Orleans native, flew 10 hours to compete in the Canadian Open in White Rock, BC. Read more about this southern skimmer.
What’s your name?
Where are you from?
New Orleans, Louisiana
How old are you?
How long have you been skimming?
Where do you skim normally?
Who do you skim with?
Whoever is willing to trek through the woods.
What is the trek through the woods like?
The trek sucks; there are thorns everywhere my path is always overgrown, and it’s long, and normally hot, plus a huge pain to get any rails to my spot.
We have Cypress trees which are sick and these huge Oak trees which consume my house. You can’t even see it from Google earth because of all the hangover.
What is your favorite skim spot?
So far… Spanish Banks, B.C.
How many times a week do you skim? How many months out of the year do you skim?
2-3 times a week. 12 months out of the year.
How big is the skim scene in New Orleans?
What was it like to compete in the Canadian Open?
Awesome, but a lot larger rails than i was used too.
What was your favorite part of the competition?
How much I got to skim. And it was just fun.
What did you think of the local skimboarders?
They are sick, though I think the majority of them don’t appreciate how truly awesome their spots are.
What do you of the skim scene in British Columbia?
It’s incredible that there are so many skimmers, but it makes sense with all the spots.
Do you think the skim scene in New Orleans will ever be as large as British Columbia?
No way we don’t have nearly the space not to mention people don’t see it around here hardly ever, so it’s hard to spread.
Is your local skim scene growing at all now?
Not really, we’ve been trying but it’s hard, though everyone I take skimming usually love it.
Will you come back to British Columbia?
HELL YEAH! It was so sick.
How was traveling with the board?
Not bad. I checked them in as baggage and didn’t pay extra because they are “body boards”.
What made you travel to the contest?
What board(s) do you ride?
A J-Gordon Switchblade
What skimboarding goals do you have?
Enjoy it, and travel
Where do you see the skimboarding going in the future?
I see it growing, but not all that fast.
If you were stranded on a desert island that already has a plentiful resource of skimboards what three things would you bring?
Flat box, iPhone, and a plant
What is your favorite skimboarding trick?
180s, they are just so chill but fun and rewarding
Last words? Shout outs?
Skim because you enjoy it. And shout out to J-Gordon Skimboards, their boards are built similarly to tanks. And Freak traction, and Ocean Minded Sandals.Skimboard Culture.
And Kyle Lynch for putting me up while in White Rock, not to mention he works so hard behind the scene for the sport.